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happy 3rd birthday, jared!

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I cannot believe that it has actually been three years since you brought a whole new meaning to my life + a good amount of sunshine, too, through your smiles + infectious laughter. It has never been one easy journey, but one that I would like to take over + over again with you love. You are my purpose for being + you are, in my honest opinion, God’s message to me that He wanted me to be happy in this life. Thank you! You might think that I have done a great amount of hard labor {yes, we might call it as such} being a 24/7 mum + all, but it was you who’ve done a great deal of work by making me feel more alive,  who made me see my life + the world around me in a whole new light, who taught me to count my blessings instead, who taught me how to truly live this wonderful life that I am gifted with. 

I cannot imagine my life without you in it, son, + I cannot imagine how I’d be like without you. Thank you for being my son. Thank you for all the laughter you brought into my life, thank you for the sense of direction. Thank you for the blessing. I shall be eternally grateful to the One who gave you to me + will always value you as the best gift I have ever received in this lifetime.

On your birthday, I wish you a good amount of sunshine to make for one perfect day! I wish you will grow up to be a fine young man + achieve all your full potentials. Ultimately, I wish for you to live a full life + travel the world! If I could I’d invite Ironman, Spiderman, Captain America, along with Mickey Mouse + friends, + of course, Lightning McQueen will be your very special guest ~ I bet that will make for one perfect birthday celebration + you will have a blast! :) But am sure we can invite them all in our minds, can’t we? We’ll imagine them around us today as we enjoy this beautiful day that is a celebration of YOU! 

I love you, ‘nak, + I always will. Know that I am always at your side no matter what. Happy birthday! 

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Putting my family first

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Looking after my family is something I take great pride in. I’ll do anything for them, no matter how big or small, easy or difficult it is, but there’s always a thought in the back of my mind: what would happen if, for some reason, I was unable to look after them? Would they have the money to pay for everything like food, water and electricity? Could they cope if I passed away? I don’t know for sure, but I still worry about not being able to provide for my family.

It can hit a family hard if one of them were to die for a number of reasons. The main one is getting emotional, and nothing can help repair those wounds, but the inevitable financial loss can be covered, as I found out when I visited There, I discovered that, by taking out a life insurance policy, my family will have enough money to meet their costs should I pass away, which will at least mean there’s one less thing for them to worry about.

Having some money to pay for the cost of my funeral, as well as all the essentials like food and shelter is why it’s worth taking out life insurance. I want to put my family first, and by having this form of cover, I feel that I’m doing something good for them. By receiving life insurance payments, if I go, it will be my last big favour I will do for them, and they will be looked after financially at the very least. Hopefully I’d be able to set aside a portion of my blogging money so that I can avail of a life insurance really soon.

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small + medium enterprises + esquire financing

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ESQUIRE Financing Inc.’s CEO Rajan Uttamchandani at the Philippine Small and Medium Enterprise Expo 2012

Business + talks on numbers are more or less like gibberish to me, but it does pay to learn something new about subjects that are otherwise foreign to  us + acquaint ourselves with what’s latest every so often, right? I am sharing with you, therefore, this interesting press release that I’ve stumbled upon recently. Read on…

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In the center ESQUIRE Financing Inc.’s CEO Rajan Uttamchandani with staff at the inauguration of the new CAPITALIFE Business Center in Makati.

According to the International Franchise Association (IFA), franchising currently represents 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion worth of economic activity in the U.S. 

In Southeast Asia, the Philippines leads in terms of franchise concept development. Last year, more than 124,000 franchisees offered the products and services of over 1,100 franchisors in the country. The industry generated more than a million jobs while recording a total of $9.45 billion output—equal to five percent of the country’s total gross domestic product (GDP).

PFA Chairman Lim said that the recent growth can be attributed to the entry of new players from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the continued rise of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, and the introduction of indigenous and food concepts.

ESQUIRE Financing Inc. also recognizes the potential in funding the development of emerging enterprises, especially now when there is positive economic growth in the country. “MSMEs are the pillars of growth of the Philippine economy. They will catapult economic production into greater numbers through job development,” ESQUIRE President/CEO Rajan Uttamchandani stated.

If you need help, or know of someone who does, with the growth of your SME thru fast + efficient financial solutions, you may contact Esquire through any of the following:

  • visit the Esquire Financing Inc. Website
  • email them at
  • call 0917.513.5573
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a few days before the little man’s birthday

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I have a few more days left before the little man’s birthday + his celebration come Sunday afternoon at a local McDonald’s branch here in our city. I succumbed to one of their Partypid packages out of necessity. The joy of having a party somewhere else + having almost everything taken care of for you, including the party hosts, the balloons + decorations, the program, as well as the food + the loot bags is the convenience of sleep + just showing up on the day of the party itself! Heaven-sent to 24/7 mums like me who simply have most of her time occupied with seemingly endless chores + what-nots!

Oh well, if I had a choice {+ a much better cooking prowess that will allow me to spawn delectable dishes + delightful party treats like cupcakes + finger foods from my kitchen}, I would’ve loved to have just a very simple celebration here at home. I’d be in-charge of everything from blowing the balloons + preparing the loot bags. But, alas, apart from the much-lacking cooking abilities, we also do not have the space here to accommodate a handful of our guests, who happens to be personal friends from way back + kiddos of friends + families. Maybe in a few year’s time I’d be able to throw that simple party I’ve been dreaming about + do all the preparations myself.

Anyways, it won’t be long now  until my little man’s birthday celebration + am really quite excited! I shall be back soon with photos of the party! Meanwhile, I will leave you with the photo I took of our party invites. Yes, we’ve opted for Toy Story since Cars is not available elsewhere. Hopefully we’ll finally have a Lightning McQueen party soon! ;)

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Caritas Manila continues relief efforts for flood victims

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Caritas Manila’s Damayan, the relief assistance + emergency program of the Church as of August 15, 2012 has provided relief assistance to 20, 444 families in the parishes under the Archdiocese of Manila and Dioceses of Caloocan,Cubao, Pasig, Antipolo, and Malolos.

Caritas Manila so far has raised Php 2,892,635 In-Cash donations and Php. 534,618 In-Kind donations from individuals, organizations and parishes for the flood victims. But as flood prevails which resulted to more + more people stranded in their submerged homes or in evacuation centers, relief items are depleted that Caritas Manila, as well as the other cause-oriented groups who continuously help these people in need, are knocking on your generous hearts to extend whatever little help you can to allow them to continue their noble work.

Here’s how you can help:

  • For Donations in kind, please call Caritas Manila at telephone numbers {02}5620020 up to 25 {local 22 to 24}
  • For Cash Donations, you may deposit to:

 Account Name: Caritas Manila, Inc.

Peso Bank Savings Account:

BPI  S/A 3063-5357-01

BDO S/A 5600-45905

Metrobank S/A 175-3-17506954-3

UnionBank C/A 00-030-001227-5

Dollar Savings Account:

Account Name: Caritas Manila, Inc.

BPI Dollar Account: 003064-0033-55

PNB Dollar Account: 252-703687-1

Please feel free to contact Mr. Joseph G. Navarro, PR, Communication + Events Officer at numbers {02}5620020 loc. 13 or 0916-396-9123 for questions and comments

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rest in peace sec. jesse robredo

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I woke up to the bad news about the recovery of DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo’s remains. I have been closely following the rescue operations + other updates in the news + have been one with our Nation in praying that he be found soon. Although it was a relief to finally find him at last, it is really most unfortunate that he was recovered in this state + shall come home to his waiting + worrying family after a few days, lifeless.

I may not have known the man personally but I am most touched with the way the people from his city, Naga, + all over the Philippines have responded + extended their love, support + prayers so that the good public servant may be brought to his family safe + sound. No less than the President himself oversee the rescue + retrieval operations in Masbate.

Our country has lost not only a dedicated government official, but also a modern-day hero, who championed the common people + rallied behind the progress + success of his city + province. You are a great man + well-loved by all, I am sure the Almighty is happy to greet you up there in Heaven.

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Rest in peace now, Sec. Jesse Robredo, you will never be forgotten, especially by those people whose lives  you touched the most. The Filipino people mourns your loss. Our condolences + prayers to your family + friends. May they find solace + comfort in this time of grief.